Day 2: Faith is Enough

Romans 3:21,22 (NIV)

Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

Thought: All we have to do is trust God’s promise. Faith? That’s really all God asks us to do? Yes! This is what makes Christianity radically different from any other religion.  Christianity is not about a list of do’s and don’ts for you to be graded on. Christianity is about a promise – a promise God made to us and carried out through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. What was that promise? The promise was that Jesus would forgive your sins. Check out what Peter, one of Jesus disciples, said when he was speaking to a crowd of people who were confronted with the weight of their own sin in the book of Acts: 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:37–39 ESV). Peter doesn’t say, “go live a good life and maybe God will forgive you.” He doesn’t tell the people to give a lot of money to his ministry and so he can put in a good word for them.   He simply says to ask God for forgiveness and trust that you are forgiven because of what Jesus did for you on the cross. That is really all God asks us to do – to just trust in his promise! When you’re a kid and your parents tell you to jump in the pool, you simply trust they’ll catch you. Trust isn’t about you making the promise come true. It’s about understanding the person making the promise can follow through. Read this story, Luke 7:1-10. Jesus heals a Centurion’s son. Even though the Centurion never physically stands in front of Jesus, and Jesus never physically stands in front of the servant , the Centurion i s healed. Why? Because when God makes a promise he follows through on that promise every time. The Centurion trusts in the promise Jesus makes and is commended for his great faith.